Call for Papers: Conference on Reframing Postcolonialism and Cinema

Organizer: Olga Kourelou (University of Nicosia), Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon), Miguel Fernández Labayen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Marco Cucco (University of Bologna).

About the Conference

  • When: 14-15 September 2023
  • Venue: University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Call for Papers
  • The conference will be in person only
  • Submission deadline: 13 March 2023
  • Proposal acceptance notification: 17 April 2023

Keynote speakers:
Mette Hjort (University of Lincoln)
Costas Constandinides (University of Cyprus)

The forthcoming edition of the bi-annual conference of the ECREA Film Studies Section will take place in Cyprus and will be hosted by the Department of Design and Multimedia of the University of Nicosia. Taking its cue from the political and cultural dimensions of its host’s geographical location, the conference will address and seek to reframe the scope of ‘postcolonial cinema’ in the current historical moment.

In an increasingly global and visually-oriented world, cinema functions as one of the key media of cultural exchange between nations and cultures. If the ‘postcolonial’ remains a useful and productive analytic category as ‘the necessary mode of perpetual auto-critique’ (R.J.C. Young, 2012: 22), then how does it help us think about the relationships between representation, knowledge, discourse and power upon which this exchange is predicated? This conference wants to contribute to ongoing work that places diverse geographies, histories and identities in dialogical relation and critiques the ways of seeing, thinking and representing that have grown out of colonisation and/or neo-colonial globalisation.

We encourage proposals for individual papers and pre-constituted panels on topics that include but are not limited to:

Abstracts of maximum 300 words, along with key references, institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words); or panel proposals, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 individual abstracts, should be submitted to the conference email address:

ECREA membership is not required to participate in the conference. The conference fee will not exceed 100 EUR and will include coffee breaks, lunches, a film screening, and a guided tour of the divided city of Nicosia.

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